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UN Special Adviser attends GOLD movie screening and promotes new venture

5 November 2013
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(Left to Right) UN Special Adviser Mr. Wilfried Lemke, and Film producers Mr. Hendrik Flügge and Mr. Andreas F . Schneider. ©Olaf Ballnus

New York (UNOSDP) – On the eve of the adoption of the Olympic Truce, the Special Adviser to the UN Secretary-General on Sport for Development and Peace, Mr. Wilfried Lemke was yesterday in New York to promote the joint venture between the United Nations Office on Sport for Development and Peace (UNOSDP) and Parapictures Film Production GmbH (Parapictures).

At an exclusive screening of the Parapictures documentary GOLD - YOU CAN DO MORE THAN YOU THINK, which was co-hosted by the Permanent Mission of Germany to the UN, the Co-chairs of the New York Group of Friends of Sport for Development and Peace—the Permanent Missions to the UN of Monaco and Tunisia—as well as UNOSDP, Mr. Lemke and the two producers, Mr. Hendrik Flügge and Mr. Andreas F. Schneider, seized the opportunity to introduce this new venture between the two organizations to the room of Member States Delegates, UN staff, guests, media and interested parties.

“The Paralympians featured in this movie are incredibly inspirational. They provide us with just a glimpse at what barriers those with a disability must overcome to become a Paralympic athlete. Through this cooperation with Parapicutres, we hope to strengthen the understanding of social inclusion, and to also promote the rights of those with a disability.” Highlighted the UN Special Adviser.

GOLD – YOU CAN DO MORE THAN YOU THINK is the emotional story about three outstanding top Athletes: Henry Wanyoike, a blind Marathon runner from Kenya, Kirsten Bruhn, paralyzed Swimmer from Germany, and Kurt Fearnley, Australian Wheelchair racer. For over a year the film team around Michael Hammon followed these three Athletes on their daily routines while preparing for the Paralympic Games in London 2012. The Special Adviser Mr. Lemke is also one of the patrons of the documentary.  The film was first presented during the Berlin International Film Festival (“Berlinale”) in February 2013.

The future cooperation between UNOSDP and Parapictures will look to focus upon the promotion of social inclusion through sports and the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. The two parties also plan to make the feature documentary GOLD available to a worldwide audience using it as an education tool to promote positive social change and the power of sport.

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